Players needed for Balsall Hornets



Our local club the Hornets are looking for some current under 12s to join their team (boys currently in Year 7 moving into Year 8 in September).

The team are asking anyone who is keen to be involved to get in touch to find out more.

Contact Scott Goulden via email or call him on 07891856445

Both the club and the team are very friendly, and as well as the football get involved in the community, including an incredibly popular Beer Festival this weekend attended by many of the parents and players of the team.

The Hornets have Junior teams for many age groups and a Saturday morning club for those not yet old enough for teams. There’s more details and a contact form on their website.

Bengal Brasserie goes football crazy

Hot on the heels of their sponsorship of the Balsall Common Festival, the team at the Bengal Brasserie have now added local youth football to their list of community sponsorships.

Their latest deal sees them put their name to the Balsall & Berkswell FC Under 15s Hornets squad:

About the Bengal Brasserie

The Bengal Brasserie restaurant has been serving customers in Balsall Common since the early 1990’s, with a friendly, welcoming team that’s enthusiastically supported a wide range of community projects throughout their history in the village.

Visitors to the restaurant can expect a wide choice of Indian and Bangladeshi dishes, including fish-dishes and even English options for those who struggle with spicy dishes.

They also provide a delivery service within a range of up to 5 miles.

Bengal Brasserie

349-351 Kenilworth Road
Balsall Common

T: 01676 533 883

Balsall Common Primary School’s Inspiring Futures Day

Pupils from a Solihull school got the chance to find out whether they might be the engineers of the future when they took part in a special ‘skills day’ recently.

The day gave children the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a safe environment in small groups giving them a tremendous overall experience.

The event held at Solihull College, Woodlands Campus, and covered six areas:

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Turbo powered team work

F1 in schools challenge teams
F1 in schools challenge teams

Three teams from Balsall Common Primary School had the chance to design and race their own F1 cars as part of a F1 in schools challenge.

12 Year 4 pupils worked in three teams to create the most aerodynamic cars possible.  As well as making the cars, the teams had to secure sponsors, deliver presentations to a judging team and answer questions about their project. They were able to use the latest computer aided design technology and printers to make the cars. Then the teams raced the cars along a 20m track, powered by gas canisters, taking less than 1.5 seconds to cover the distance.


Team Turbo, Fire Blaze and Lightning Strike worked incredibly hard supporting each other, maximising their talents and building on the excellent support offered by Ian Dunning a designer from Jaguar Land Rover on hand to guide their work and gently suggest improvements.

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Overseas cricket star seeks summer home

Berkswell Cricket Club are on the lookout for a summer home for their 25 year old overseas South African star Sean Jamison. The English Cricket Board Premier Division Cricket Club are offering £400 per month (board and bills) for accommodation for the fast bowler, anywhere in Balsall Common from early April until the season ends in mid-September.


The rising star of South African cricket has been signed to bolster Berkswell’s already successful first team squad and provide coaching across the club, from youth cricket to senior cricket, including the club’s brand new women’s cricket section.


Anyone interested in putting up a summer lodger is invited to contact club secretary James Neale by emailing:



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